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[LETTER] ‘Your War On Corruption Targets Kalenjins’, Oscar Sudi Tells Uhuru Kenyatta

The war of words between Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and President Uhuru Kenyatta escalates as the outspoken MP accused the head of state of influencing graft cases against members of the Kalenjin community.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Sudi listed 4 graft cases where he says President Kenyatta influenced to only punish the Kalenjins involved.

Their differences started after it emerged that Ksh. 21 billion allocated for the construction of Kimwarer and Arror dam was lost.

The MP accused Mr. Kenyatta of using the ‘handshake and war on graft’ to harass people allied to Deputy President Ruto in order to extend his (Uhuru) term in 2022.

“When Ruto supported Raila he was not a thief, when he backed Uhuru he was not a thief, but now that his turn for the top seat has come you say he is a thief,” Sudi said.

Speaking at the opening of the 6th Annual Devolution conference, the President quickly responded. He told Sudi to report him to Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) if he has information that he (Uhuru) has stolen anything.

Sudi responded in the negative claiming that that would be futile since, ‘Uhuru is DCI and DCI is Uhuru’, the MP posted.

President Kenyatta and Mr. Sudi’s love seem not lost, as he still adressed the president as,’my long time friend’.

Here is the open letter Sudi later wrote to the President.

Mr.President,

I have heard you repeatedly say the fight against corruption is not against any community or individuals.

I beg to differ Sir. 
In fact, your so-called fight against corruption is targeted at individuals and a community. And I will give you examples.

1. You orchestrated the prosecution of Ken Tarus of Kenya Power over a transaction that was signed by Joseph Njoroge, a sitting PS.

None other than the first witness confirmed that you gave instructions that any evidence that would adversely implicate the PS should be expunged. Of course, the PS is immune because he comes from your county.

2. You orchestrated the prosecution of one Joe Sang of Kenya Pipeline over a fuel jetty in Kisumu, whose construction was instructed by Joseph Kinyua to the chair of the Board, Mr John Ngumi.

Joe Sang was implementing instructions of the board chaired by the said Ngumi. John Ngumi cannot be prosecuted because he is your man, not to mention Joseph Kinyua.

3. Advance payments were made for Thwake dam in Makueni (7.2 billion, 2 years ago), Karumenu dam in Kiambu (3.6 billion, 1 and half years ago), Arror dam in Elgeiyo Marakwet (4.2 billion, a year ago), and Kimwarer dam in Elgeiyo Marakwet (3.6 billion, 6 months ago).

In all 4 dams, no work has started, but you have selectively chosen Arror and Kimwarer for profiling with the ultimate objective of ensuring that these dams are not constructed, and of course, you want to prosecute more individuals from that region. 

4. The Kenya Forest Service, a public entity has given approval for the construction of dams in all other sites in Kenya, but in Kimwarer and Arror, instructions from above were issued to frustrate the approval, even after KFS had given initial approval to facilitate procurement process. It is very obvious that you are the said “Above”.

My friend, it doesn’t require rocket science for anybody to see that your so-called fight against corruption targeted at individuals and a community, contrary to your assertions.

I respectfully ask you to be man enough and declare war openly on the people you consider your enemies instead of hiding behind the facade of corruption theatrics.

What you are engaged in, my dear friend Mr President, Sir, is called IMPUNITY.

Thank you, Sir, 
Your long-time friend, 
OSCAR SUDI


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